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New Reconstructions of the "Mykenaia" and a Seated Woman from Mycenae

Bernice R. Jones
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 113, No. 3 (Jul., 2009), pp. 309-337
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20627591
Page Count: 29
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New Reconstructions of the "Mykenaia" and a Seated Woman from Mycenae
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Abstract

This study presents evidence for reconstructing two frescoes, including the well-known "Mykenaia," found at the Southwest Building at Mycenae. It argues that the Mykenaia did not depict a seated goddess facing right but a life-sized, standing woman striding to the left and that the other fresco portrays a half-life-sized enthroned woman, likely a goddess, facing right and holding a miniature female figure. The reconstructions are based on detailed examinations, drawings, and photographs taken to scale of the fragments and on comparanda. The argument is based on the innovative use of both experimental costume replications and digaital imaging that superimposes details from other well-documented frescoes onto the fragments to test possible poses and details. The reconstructions proposed here are based on costume details depicted by the frescoes and on textual data, including intriguing Linear B ideograms. These reconstructions are then set within the larger spectrum of cult scenes in Aegean art, and some details of the dress worn in these frescoes are connected to Aegean cult.

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